English Language Proficiency Courses
What courses are offered for prospective GSIs who do not speak English as a native language?
The GSI Teaching & Resource Center’s Language Proficiency Program offers LAN PRO 100A (Language Proficiency Workshop) to prospective GSIs who do not speak English as a native language. The course is designed to improve the oral English skills you will need as a classroom teacher.
LAN PRO 100A is listed in the Schedule of Classes under the department name “Language Proficiency Program.” This course provides two workload units, which are not counted as part of the credit requirement for the graduate degree, and it is graded on a “Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory” basis.
This workshop focuses on the development of English language competence necessary for effective communication as a teacher in a UC Berkeley classroom. Prospective GSIs give videotaped presentations in front of their peers, receive feedback on language performance, and participate in discussions on issues of language and teaching. The course meets three hours per week with an additional weekly conference section. Students enrolled in LAN PRO 100A take the OPT at the end of the course.
Should I sign up for a Language Proficiency Program course?
If you want to become a GSI, but do not pass the TOEFL iBT Speaking section, or the OPT, or if you received a Versant English Test score of 50 or below, you should plan to take LAN PRO 100A for at least one semester. In order to enroll in LAN PRO 100A, please complete the Language Proficiency Questionnaire if you have not already done so. Based on your responses on the Questionnaire or your Versant or OPT test score, you will receive instructions by email on how to enroll in LAN PRO 100A.
For additional information, please contact:
Language Proficiency Program